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29. The EAST LANCASHIRE RAILWAY

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My description of a day out on the East Lancashire Railway is written up in 6 sections, geographically from the southern terminus at Heywood to the northern terminus of Rawtenstall.

The sequence of images are based on 'up' and 'down' trips, but all pictures are in the right geographical order, but the image and accompanying text description could refer to any direction.

The date was Nov 22nd 2014 and the day was twin themed i.e. it was an LMS theme day with three working LMS steam locomotives and a Lancashire 'culture' theme day too, complete with Morris dancers and servings of 'Lancashire Hotpot'!

The East Lancashire Railway is a twelve mile heritage railway line in North West England, East Lancashire, which runs between Rawtenstall and Heywood with intermediate stations at Bury Bolton Street, Summerseat, Ramsbottom and Irwell Vale.

 

Comfortable carriages to ride in all day with a day rover ticket.

An old GWR observation car can be hired for the day.


Part 1 Heywood station to Bury Bolton Street station

 

Heywood station, the southern terminus, east of Bury on the East Lancashire Railway. There is a single platform but a double tracked loop is needed to turn the engine round.

 

Heywood station buildings on the East Lancashire Railway

 

Heywood station, start of our journey on the East Lancashire Railway

 

Approaching Heywood, not too scenic here on the East Lancashire Railway!

 

view north of Bury over the River ? from west of Heywood station on the East Lancashire Railway

 

Departing from Bury, round the tight curve, passing the signal box, and heading east to Heywood station on the East Lancashire Railway

Directly head are the sidings by the shed and works on the East Lancashire Railway

 

Crab 13065 enters Bury Bolton Street Station with a train from Heywood to Rawtenstall on the East Lancashire Railway

 

Bury is a passing point as L&Y 12322 passes on Platform 2 with a train for Heywood.

 

LMS 12322 enters Bury Bolton Street station with a train from Rawtenstall to Heywood on the East Lancashire Railway


Part 2. Focus on Bury Bolton Street station

Platform 3 of Bury Bolton Street station on the East Lancashire Railway

 

Jinty 16407 shuffles about Bury station on the East Lancashire Railway

 

On the left the well preserved Platform 3 and buildings of Bury Bolton Street station on the East Lancashire Railway

 

Looking south down Platforms 2 and 3 of Bury Bolton Street station on the East Lancashire Railway, with magnificent signal gantry, and an old BR passenger brake van and a general utility van e.g. for express parcel deliveries.

 

Platform 2 of Bury Bolton Street station on the East Lancashire Railway

 

Some diesel locomotives near Bury Bolton Street station on the East Lancashire Railway

 

The day is now getting very busy on Platforms 2 and 3 at Bury on the East Lancashire Railway

 

Crab 13065 gets ready to depart for Rawtenstall from Bury on the East Lancashire Railway

 

I like the old 'stylish' brickwork of Platform 2 Bury station on the East Lancashire Railway, and the pub/bar the 'Trackside' Free House, which also serves 'Lancashire Hotpot'!

 

13065 still waiting!

 

Looking north from Bury Bolton Street station and the short Bury Tunnel on the East Lancashire Railway with the Morris dancers being escorted to perform on Platform 3.

 

Profile of the water supply tower and a single semaphore signal alongside it at Bury on the East Lancashire Railway

 

LMS 12322 arrives in Bury with a Rawtenstall - Heywood train service on the East Lancashire Railway

 

LMS 13065 arrives in Bury with a Rawtenstall - Heywood train service on the East Lancashire Railway

 


Part 3. Bury Bolton Street station to Summerseat station

A sequence of photos of Crab 13065 departing from Bury Bolton Street station with a train from Heywood to Summerseat, Ramsbottom, Irwell Vale and Rawtenstall stations ....

 

 

Similarly a 12322 departing from Bury Bolton Street station with a train from Heywood to Summerseat, Ramsbottom, Irwell Vale and Rawtenstall stations ....

 

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The journey on the East Lancashire Railway continues behind crab locomotive13065 ...

 

Coming into Bury Bolton Street station on the East Lancashire Railway

 

Looking north soon after leaving Bury on the East Lancashire Railway ...

 

... and still a bit of autumn colour around on the East Lancashire Railway

 

The countryside to east of  the East Lancashire Railway line just before Summerseat station.

 

The single platform of Summerseat station on the East Lancashire Railway

 


Part 4. Summerseat station to Ramsbottom station

Departing from Summerseat station on the East Lancashire Railway

 

An old railway goods shed just north of Summerseat on the East Lancashire Railway

 

Some old mill buildings soon after Summerset on the East Lancashire Railway

 

Exiting Nuttall Tunnel 9I think?, not Brooksbottom Tunnel?) just south Ramsbottom.

 

Crossing the River Irwell just before Ramsbottom station

 

 

Entering Ramsbottom station on the East Lancashire Railway

 

Platform 2 Ramsbottom station on the East Lancashire Railway

 

Left: An old mill chimney by Ramsbottom station

Right: passing loop train from Rawtenstall to Heywood heading south as we head north on the East Lancashire Railway

Platform 1, level crossing and footbridge at Ramsbottom station on the East Lancashire Railway

 

The well preserved and maintained buildings of Platform 2 of Ramsbottom station on the East Lancashire Railway

 


Part 5 .Ramsbottom station to Irwell Vale station

Leaving Ramsbottom station and heading north on the East Lancashire Railway

 

Approaching Ramsbottom station, exchanging token at the Ramsbottom station signal box for one-way single track working on the East Lancashire Railway

 

The hilly scenery to the east after Ramsbottom station, lots of wind turbines to be seen from the East Lancashire Railway

 

The scenery to the east, just before the single platform halt of Irwell Vale station on the East Lancashire Railway

 

The countryside on the 'non-platform' side of Irwell Vale station on the East Lancashire Railway

 

Part 6. Irwell Vale station to Rawtenstall station

The River Irwell between Rawtenstall and Irwell vale stations on the East Lancashire Railway

The low hills viewed from north-west on approaching Rawtenstall station on the East Lancashire Railway

 

Left: Leaving Rawtenstall station with the old engine water tank in profile.

Right: Leaving Rawtenstall, heading south at the Rawtenstall West level crossing on the East Lancashire Railway

 

Left: Crossing the River Irwell soon after leaving Irwell Vale station

Right: Another old mill chimney approaching Rawtenstall station

 

Rawtenstall station is the northern terminus of the East Lancashire Railway

 

Again, the well preserved and maintained buildings of Rawtenstall station on the East Lancashire Railway

 

 

13065 backing onto the carriages to return south on the East Lancashire Railway

 

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